The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II is the international celebration throughout 2012 marking the 60th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the throne. The only previous Diamond Jubilee celebrated by a British monarch took place in 1987, when Queen Victoria marked 60 years of her reign.
Celebratory events in honor of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will take place throughout the United Kingdom and across the Commonwealth this weekend, June 2-5, The Central Weekend. On Monday, June 4, thousands of beacons will be lit across the world to commemorate The Queen’s 60 year reign. At approximately 22:30 British Summer Time (BST), The Queen will light the national beacon in London. For a full listing of activities planned, visit The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The British logo for the Diamond Jubilee was selected through a contest held by the BBC children’s program, Blue Peter. The winning design was created by ten-year-old Katherine Dewar.
The Lord President of the Council and Business Secretary Lord Mandelson announced they would move the Spring Bank Holiday (the last Monday in May) to Monday, June 4 and add a bank holiday on Tuesday, June 5, resulting in a four-day holiday in honor of the Diamond Jubilee. Due to these Public Holidays, most offices and schools will be closed, allowing adults and children to participate in the many planned events. Cheers!